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newsletter 30 November 2007


This newsletter carries opportunities, events and training listings. Please
send any information you would like to be included to:

                              Arts in the Peak
                                   The Flat
                                  Town Hall
                                 Bath Street
                                   Bakewell
                                  DE45 1BX
                             Tel: 01629 810122
                      email: artsinthepeak@msn.com.




Arts in the Peak NEWS

1.     Thank you to members
It was nice to see –and in some cases meet - some of you at the AiP social last month
and we hope it was as pleasant and interesting for you as it was for us.

We‟ll keep you posted about other social and networking events in the New Year, but
thanks to those who took the trouble to attend on what was a fairly wet and miserable
November evening.

2.     Poet Laureate of the Peak
Poetic about the Peak? Show your verse-ability.

Peak poets are being invited to celebrate the dramatic landscape of the Peak District.

The first Poet Laureate of the Peak, Alec Rapkin, has completed two years as the Poet
Laureate, writing 25 poems during his tenure. Now we are looking for his successor, and
the competition is being launched to find a poet who can express the unique spirit of the
National Park, and what it means to live, work or visit there.

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Authority, the competition aims to find a local writer who inspires a deeper appreciation
of the landscape, its moods, influence and heritage.

David Gilbert, of Arts in the Peak, said: “The judges will be looking for someone with a
distinctive poetic voice and an aesthetic vision of the Peak District. The first laureate has
been a great success, producing powerful and evocative work during the last two years,
which has been published on the Arts in the Peak and Peak Park websites. We hope we
can find another inspirational writer to fill this honorary and prestigious role, reflecting
both this remarkable landscape and the best of the area's artistic endeavour.”

The closing date is 18 January 2008, and the judges are local poet and heritage
architect John Sewell, author and professor of English Literature Neil Roberts, and
Derbyshire Literature Officer Ali Batteridge. The post will be for two years.

Entrants must be 18 or over on the closing date, and they must have lived in, worked in,
or regularly visited the Peak District over the past three years. Their entries must be of
three poems, written in the last two years, at least two of which should be inspired by the
Peak District.

Poems may be handwritten, typed or on tape, but name, address, phone number and
eligibility details must be on a separate sheet. Leaflets giving full details should be
available from local libraries or tourist information centres.

The address for entries is Poet Laureate of the Peak Competition, Arts in the Peak, The
Flat, Town Hall, Bath Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1BX.

Further information is available on the                 Arts in      the Peak website
http://www.artsinthepeak.co.uk - by calling              01629      810122  or e-mail
mailto:artsinthepeak@msn.com.

This is one of two current poetry initiatives in the area: Derbyshire
County Council also has a Derbyshire Poet Laureate, River Wolton.
Visit   http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/arts_entertainment/literature_development/
derbyshire_poet_laureate/ for further information.


3.     View from the Top Christmas Fairs 2007
View from the Top Christmas Fairs 2007 Christmas 2007 will be an exciting time at View
from the Top Gallery with two weekends and three weekdays of arts and designer made
craft fairs featuring work from AiP member Sue Mulroy, among many others.

Saturday 15 (9am-5pm) and Sunday 16 December (10.30am-4pm)
Wednesday 19 December (11am-9pm)
Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December (10am-8pm)

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Saturday 22 (9am-5pm) and Sunday 23 December (10.30am-4pm)

With up to 24 tables of unique designer made gifts, from millinery to ironwork to
photography,paintings, baby clothes, wooden gifts, textiles and jewellery.

Entry is Free with full disabled access.

View From The Top Gallery
4th Floor Waterstones Bookstore
1-5 Bridlesmith Gate
Nottingham
www.viewfromthetop.co.uk


4.       The STUDIO61 Christmas and New Year Exhibition




Karina Goodman

What:            The STUDIO61 Christmas and New Year Exhibition
Where:           STUDIO61, The Coach House, Lea Nr Matlock DE4 5GJ
When:            To 20 December

To continue its exhibition programme STUDIO61 presents a colourful and varied Winter
exhibition including Design Factory member Alison Yule Textiles, Eileen Turner Wildlife,
Jenny Mather, Janice Allen, Naomi Greaves and AiP member Karina Goodman. On
display will be textiles, oils, acrylics, watercolours, mixed media, photography and print
making.

The Craft Shop adjacent to the gallery is now bursting with unusual quality gifts for
Christmas not available on the high street.

New to the Gallery is Rachel Helen Designs. As a member of The British Jewellery
Association Rachel specialises in unusual one off pieces, all hallmarked with each piece
being unique and highly desirable.

I hope you can find time in your busy schedule to pop in and support the Derbyshire
artists, designers and makers.


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5.     Pete Simpson Exhibition of new digital images at
       the Medway

To 17 December
Album
Using digital montage and inspired by a fascination with old photographs, this work
represents a transition from conventional black and white printing to digital by combining
old photographs with contemporary digital images. This transition causes dramatic
temporal and contextual shifts as well as commenting on the current nature of
photography and my own involvement within it.

A Letter From Poperinge
Digital montages inspired by a trip to the battlefields of World War I.

The Medway Centre is a multi-use space therefore telephoning on 01629 813638 to
confirm access is advised before visiting the exhibition.

6.     A Bunch of Fives
Arts in the Peak member Jo Bell is an organizer and performer in Bunch of Fives to 22
January 2008.

Literature steps off the page and into the ring as five Cheshire writers give you a feisty
session of spoken word. Verses that will make you laugh out loud, cry into your beer or
contemplate the universe. Bunch of Fives will provoke, arouse and tickle you – for
around a fiver, in a venue just up the road, usually with a bar. What more do you want?

Tickets around £5 (£6 in places) and worth every penny.

Friday 30 November, 7.30pm, Great Budworth Village Hall – 01606 891019
Tuesday 22 January, 7.30pm, Keele University – 01782 584 169 or email
j.kershaw@uso.keele.ac.uk

Also coming to other venues. To be updated call 07914 721087 and leave your name,
number and/or email address. Visit www.belljar.co.uk to see our Bunch of Fives page –
or sign up to our mailing list on belljar@hotmail.co.uk.



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1.     Creative Launchpad funding to cease
Unfortunately for those based in Nottingham, Christmas isn‟t all good news. Creative
Launchpad‟s funding ceases at the end of the year, and as yet we haven‟t secured any
additional funds to keep the service up and running. We‟re trying our best to find some
means of continuing to provide a service that I‟m sure most of you would agree is very
valuable to those working in the Creative Industries. We are concentrating on evaluating
the project, and this means lots of phone calls and following up people who have
accessed the service. Your help with wrapping the project up is much appreciated, and if
you‟ve any comments about the service, you know where to find us.

Our Derby service is continuing as normal, but you can keep you up to date with our
progress and our news through the website – www.creativelaunchpad.co.uk.




JOB OPPORTUNITIES

1.     Creative Partnerships mentor required,
What:          6 Mentors
Who:           Creative Partners
Where:         Derby
When:          Deadline Tuesday 11 December 2007, 10am
Contact:       For general enquiries or an informal chat call: Tracey on 01332 204227
               Please send your application to:
               Creative Partnerships Derby
               Derby Dance
               19 Chapel Street
               Derby, DE1 3GU
               Email:tracey.callinan@creative-partnerships.com
               (Applications via email are accepted)


Inspiring mentors required for development programme for black, Asian and minority
ethnic creative practitioners.

Creative Partnerships Derby is looking for high profile national or international artists to
mentor up to 6 experienced creative practitioners from BAME backgrounds practising in
Derby or Derbyshire while they participate in a training programme extending their art-
form practice and developing their ability to work in educational settings.

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Creative Partnerships works to give school children in areas throughout England the
opportunity to develop their potential, their ambition, their creativity and imagination
through sustainable partnerships with creative and cultural organisations, businesses
and individuals.

Creative Partnerships Derby aims to:

      Inspire and build on the ambition of Derby and Derby‟s schools
      Develop Derby‟s confidence in creativity though inspiring partnerships
      Empower young people, school staff and creatives to influence the delivery of
       education

General Brief

Creative Partnerships Derby is partnering with Derby City Council‟s Arts and Events
Team and a range of partner organisations from creative industries and education as
part of their commitment to diversity, to offer a programme that will provide training and
development opportunities for practitioners from BAME backgrounds. The partner
organisations are Quad, CIN, Apples and Snakes, Mainstream and Creative Launchpad.

We are seeking up to 6 mentors with a background in writing, dance, performance
poetry, theatre or visual art to mentor culturally diverse artists for 3 days between
January and March 2008, sessions to be negotiated but including advising the artists for
the educational project and showcase event, giving feedback and attending an
evaluation session.

This work will be supported by Sally Lemsford for Creative Partnerships Derby working
with the project management team.

Requirements:

      high profile national or international arts practice.
      experience of mentoring or supporting the arts development of culturally diverse
       artists.
      understanding of cultural diversity issues.
      experience of collaborating with multiple partners.
      excellent interpersonal skills.
      a strong understanding of cross arts activity.
      experience of facilitating in a range of community and educational environments.
      ability to inspire!

Please send us you expressions of interest with a short CV and a short outline of why we
should consider you for this role.


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Participants must be willing to obtain a CRB check and public liability insurance. Creative
Partnerships can provide support to obtain these if necessary. Remuneration for
mentors will be agreed on an individual basis.

Short listed applicants will be invited for an informal interview on Tuesday 18 December
2007.


2.     Freelance Project Manager - Arts Council England,
       East Midlands and South West China
Post:          Freelance Project Manager
Who:           Arts Council England
Deadline:      Deadline 3 December 2007

Contractor - Arts Council England, East Midlands Arts Council England wishes to
appoint an experienced arts professional to organise a cultural exchange delegation trip
between the East Midlands and South West China. This is the third strand of programme
of work between British Council and Arts Council England, East Midlands.

Arts Council England, East Midlands (ACEEM) is the regional office of the national
development agency for the arts and provides grants for the arts, including funding from
the National Lottery. It aims to create opportunities for people to experience and take
part in life-changing artistic experiences and provides financial backing to enable people
to enjoy, participate in and be stimulated by a wide range of arts activities, some of
which reflect the cultural diversity of the region. It aims to ensure that the highest
possible standards of arts activities are available and believes that being involved in the
arts can have a lasting and transforming effect on many aspects of people's lives.
Grants are available for individuals, arts organisations, community and youth groups and
other people who use the arts as part of their work.

Areas Covered: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (excluding North and NE Lincs),
Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland

Background
The east midlands regional development agency (EMDA) sees the emerging economy of
China as offering unprecedented opportunities for regional organisations. There are
existing links in the regions in particular major twining links in Leicester - Chongqing and
Leicestershire - Sichuan and interest from regional artists to research, develop and
understand the opportunities. Arts Council England, East Midlands are supporting these
strategies and links through a strategic partnership with British Council, South West
China.      This     partnership     has     been     developed       following   visits  to
South West China in March 06 by Arts Council Officers and East Midlands cultural



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leaders in March 07. There has also been a reciprocal SW China delegation to the East
Midlands in September 2007.

This is our first strategic international partnership and we want to approach it with depth
and sustainability.

For a copy of the aims and objectives and further information contact Michelle Bowen:
mailto:michelle.bowen@artscouncil.org.uk, T: 0115 989 7567

Or to apply for the post, please send a CV and a covering letter of no more than 2
pages    stating    why    you   feel  are   the  best    person     for the   job
and answer the following question:

Why should the East Midlands develop a strategic international partnership and how can
the inclusion of artist ensure it has depth and sustainability.

Applications should be sent to: -

Michelle Bowen
Visual Arts Officer
Art Council England, East Midlands
St Nicholas Court
25-27 Castlegate
Nottingham
NG1 7AR
Enquiry: mailto:michelle.bowen@artscouncil.org.uk
0115 989 7567

Interviews will take place on 17 December 2007 at Arts Council England, East Midlands,
St Nicholas Court, 25 - 27 Castle Gate Nottingham NG1 7AR

3.       Creative       Partnerships            Opportunities,             Stoke-on-
         Trent
Visual/Installation/Environmental Artists

What:          Visual/Installation/Environmental Artists
Who:           Ball Green Primary/Forest Park Primary/Grove Junior
Where:         Stoke-on-Trent
When:          Deadline 30 November 2007

Ball Green Primary, Forest Park Primary and Grove Junior are Project Schools working
with Creative Partnerships Stoke-on-Trent. Together, we aim to explore whether
children's experience of visual / installation environmental art can be used to stimulate

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greater engagement and improved writing. To do this, we are seeking to recruit arts
practitioners to help us devise 'A Series of Unlikely Events'.

The practitioners we select will have:-

*        experience of working with young people

*        the ability to work in partnership (sharing decision-making and facilitating hands-
         on experience) with children (aged 4-11) and adults in the production of striking
         works of art

*        the ability to document and articulate their work

*        enhanced CRB clearance less than two years old and Public Liability Insurance
         for £5million

Please note: applicants are not expected to be expert in children's writing.

The budget for this project is up to £5000 per school. This is inclusive of materials and
production costs, practitioners' fees, and travel and subsistence costs.

We anticipate that project planning will occur during December, with delivery beginning
in January 2008.

To apply: Please send statements of interest along with a CV or supporting information
about yourself and your practice. These should be marked 'Unlikely Events' and should
be submitted (ideally by email) by 4pm on Friday 30 November 2007 to:

Wayne Thexton
The Office
13 Brough Lane
Trentham
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 8BX
mailto:wayne.thexton@gmail.com
For more information call Wayne Thexton on 01782 658271 / 07960 695495

Artist for Speaking and Listening Project

What:           Artist for Speaking and Listening Project
Who:            St George and St Martin‟s Catholic Primary School
Where:          Stoke-on-Trent
When:           Deadline 30 November 2007

St George and St Martin's Catholic Primary is a Project School working with Creative

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Partnerships Stoke-on-Trent. Our aim is to develop a project that will support
improvements in our children's expressive vocabulary. To do this, we are seeking to
recruit an arts practitioner who can help us devise a project that improves speaking and
listening. Whilst this may suit a recording artist, storyteller, film-maker, drama
practitioner or musician, we are open to statements of interest from practitioners of any
discipline who are confident of being able to support us with our aim.

The practitioner we select will have:-

*      experience of working with young people

*      the ability to work in partnership (sharing decision-making and facilitating
       experience) with children (aged 5-9) and adults in the production of striking works
       of art / performance

*      the ability to support children in developing and using more varied vocabulary

*      the ability to document and articulate their work

*      enhanced CRB clearance less than two years old and Public Liability Insurance
       for £5million

The budget for this project is up to £5000. This is inclusive of materials and production
costs (if applicable), practitioners' fees, and travel and subsistence.

We anticipate that project planning will occur during December, with delivery beginning
in January 2008.

Please send statements of interest along with a CV or supporting information about
yourself and your practice. These should be marked 'Vocabulary Project' and should be
submitted (ideally by email) by 4pm on Friday 30 November 2007 to:

Dawn Farmer
St George and St Martin's Catholic Primary School
Boulton Street
Birches Head
Stoke-on-Trent ST1 2NQ
mailto:dfarmer@sgfl.org.uk

Creative Partnerships is the Governments flagship creativity programme for schools and
young people, managed by the Arts Council and funded by the Department for Culture
Media and Sport and the Department for Education and Skills.




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4.       Creative Art            Worker          vacancy,          Venture          Arts,
         Manchester
What:          Creative Art Worker
Who:           Venture Arts,
Where:         Manchester
When:          Deadline Friday 14 December

We are currently seeking an experienced arts practitioner. Ideally applicants will be
qualified to Teaching 7407 Stage 1 or 2, PGCE or equivalent but this is not essential.
Operating within a small and friendly team, you will be working with adults of all ages
with learning difficulties, to increase confidence, social and creative skills through a
variety of arts practice. The position will be 10 hours over 2 days Mon - Fri at a rate of
£8.00 per hour.

Deadline for applications is Monday 10th December with interviews taking place on
Friday 14 December. The successful candidate will be required to start on the week
beginning 7th January 2008.

To apply, please contact Amanda Sutton for an application form, either over the
telephone on 0161 2321223 or by email at mailto:info@venturearts.org.

5.       Media Practitioner wanted to work with primary
         school in Mansfield
What:          Media Practitioner
Who:           Creative Partnerships
Where:         Newgate Lane Primary School, Mansfield
When:          Deadline 1pm on Wednesday 5 December

Newgate Lane Primary School believes in creating a safe, exciting and enjoyable
learning experience for all pupils, no matter what their background or ability. We are
committed to the belief that every one of our pupils can achieve great things given the
right opportunities.

Our vision is to develop a digital media club that will explore children's creativity and
skills through the medium of ICT. With this vision in mind the school are looking for a
digital media artist or organisation to develop the children's ICT skills as well as enhance
their speaking & listening and team building skills.

The outcome of this work will lead to the self-selection of pupils to formulate the
membership of an after school club. The club will provide pupils with a creative tool kit to


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act as mentors within their own classroom, to develop the skills of others and explore the
use of media as stimulating vehicle to deliver all areas of the curriculum.

By its nature this project will use lots of technology and involve lots and lots of doing to
stimulate the children's ideas and creative thinking. It is in the doing that we hope to
enrich the learning experience for pupils and staff and enhance the life of Newgate Lane
School.

Practitioner requirements:

Essential

*        Experience in digital arts and media
*        Experience in short filmmaking
*        Experience in working with children between the ages of 5-11 year old and their
         teachers
*        Ability to engage and motivate staff and pupils
*        Evidence of a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure Check (within last
         2 years)
*        Evidence of Public Liability Insurance

Desirable

*        A willingness to be flexible
*        Excellent communicator who can work as part of a team
*        Experience of managing budgets of this size

Timetable

Deadline for Applications - 1pm on Wednesday 5 December
Short listed candidates will be contacted - by Friday 14 December
Interview date(s)- Wk Commencing 7 January 2008
Planning in school - Wk commencing 14 January 2008
Project delivery - From Wk Commencing 18 February 2008 to July 2008

Budget

The total fee available for the project will be £4000. This will include:
Planning time with staff and children
Delivery time in school
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reflection time
This fee will also include costs for materials to support delivery with the exclusion of
capital purchases.



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Application

Please send a your C.V with an initial response to this brief outlining your interest in this
project to: Lucy Alcock, Programme Coordinator, Creative Partnerships.
Email: mailto:Lucy.Alcock@creative-partnerships.com
Tel: 01623 404377
Post: Creative Partnerships BAM, Mansfield Business Centre, Ashfield Avenue,
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 2AE.

Creative Partnerships works to give school children throughout England the opportunity
to develop their potential, their ambition, their creativity and imagination through
sustainable partnerships with creative and cultural organisations, businesses and
individuals.

For more information, visit us at: http://www.creative-partnerships.com
Tel: +44 (0)1623 404376
Fax: +44 (0)1623 404390
Mobile 07725 660530
Email: mailto:rebecca.williamson@creative-partnerships.com

6.       Creative Partner wanted, Stoke-on-Trent
What:          Creative Partner
Who:           SGFL
Where:         Jackfield Infant School, Stoke-on-Trent
When:          January 2008

As part of our Creative Partnerships programme to embed change in how we teach and
learn we are looking for a creative individual to work closely with Foundation Stage at
Jackfield Infant School in Stoke-on-Trent. Our ideal artist will be able to work in the
classroom alongside the teaching staff in order to develop creative approaches to
learning. The artist should have a wide range of arts techniques and skills and
experience of working at Foundation Stage.

We are looking for someone who is able to start in January 2008 and deliver 2 days per
week until Easter 2008.

 For more information and a full brief please contact Jackfield Infant School tel: 01782
234450 or email mailto:jackfield@sgfl.org.uk- marked for the attention of Sue Humphries

7.       Hype Dance post, Sheffield
What:          Education Co-ordinator

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Who:          Hype Dance Company
Where:        Sheffield
When:         Deadline 7 December

Hours: 14 Hours per week
Salary: £11,700 pro rata

Hype Dance is a Hip Hop performance and participatory dance company. We are
seeking to appoint an Education Co-ordinator with administrative and marketing skills, to
develop and manage the education strand of the company's work.

This is a key role working in partnership with the Artistic Director to ensure the smooth
running of the company's Education programme, both within the training Academy and
on community outreach work.

You will be highly organised, level-headed, an excellent communicator with previous
office experience. An arts background would be advantageous but not essential.

For further information on Hype Dance visit http://www.hypedance.org.uk or for an
informal chat about the post, please call Bev Webb on 0114 2706757.

If you are interested in applying for this post, please send a CV and letter of interest,
outlining why you feel you would be suitable for the position to:

Bev Webb
Hype Dance Company
C/o The Leadmill
6 Leadmill Road
Sheffield, S1 4SE
Or email your application to: mailto:bev@hypedance.org.uk

Interviews: Friday 14 December 2007

Hype Dance Company strives to be an equal opportunities employer.
Hype Dance Company is funded by Arts Council England & South Yorkshire Key Fund

8.       Funding Support needed, Northamptonshire
What:         Funding Support, Arts Development Team
Who:          Northamptonshire County Council
Where:        Northampton
When:         Deadline 3 December




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The Arts Development Team is seeking a person to assist with the assessment of
funding applications received through Northamptonshire County Council as per brief
below. The maximum fee for the work is £2300 with the work needing to be completed
by February 2008.

Funding Support Brief

Background & context

The Arts Development Team is currently positioned within the "Community Services"
directorate, and is located in the Music and Performing Arts building in Northampton.

It facilitates the development of art forms and themes as follows, supporting the growth
of the creative sector of the local economy through targeted initiatives. In some
instances it leads, providing projects and schemes, in others, it acts in partnership with
other agencies.

As part of its area of work, it leads on the Culture Thematic Partnership for third sector
organisations funded through Northamptonshire County Council strategic funding
scheme. This annual funding scheme run through the Voluntary Sector Support Unit
(VSSU) closes for application in December for funding starting in April 08. The scheme
provides funding for not-for-profit organisations who deliver services that meet the
County Council's Strategic Goals. Funding is available for up to 3 years.

Applications received from Cultural organisations or cultural activity are assessed
through the Arts Development Team under the Culture Thematic partnership, and
recommendations for funding are made to a Community Advisory Funding Panel (CFAP)
who decide on whether funding is awarded. Successful applications are then placed on
service level agreements (SLA) or small grants funding contracts, which are monitored
twice throughout the year.

Purpose

We are seeking to undertake the initial assessment of funding applications received
through the strategic funding round and to help form recommendations for funding based
on the assessment. This will involve

*      following a set assessment procedure
*      completing the associated paperwork
*      discussing applications with Arts Strategy Manager
*      reviewing the monitoring information of organisations on current funding
       agreements
*      pulling information together for production of a final report
*      attending the CFAP meeting to advocate for the recommendations, if required.

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Requirements

This person must have the following skills:

*        Experience of monitoring and evaluation
*        Knowledge of arts community practices and issues
*        Knowledge of a range of funding sources
*        Report writing skills
*        Competent user of Information and Communication Technology
*        Commitment to the principles of equality and diversity

Timescale

Applications will be received in January
Interview date 7 December 2007
Assessment must be completed by 8th February 2008
Recommendation report must be completed by 15th February 2008
Person may be required to attend the community funding advisory panel meeting on
18th, 25th or 28th March 08.

Fee and contractual details

Contract Period 7th January to 28th March 08, maximum fee £2,300

Application Procedure

Please send your C.V and a written statement describing your relevant experience to:
Louise Tyrrell, Arts Strategy Manager, Arts Development Team, Northamptonshire
County Council, MPAS 125-129 Kettering Road, Northampton NN1 4AZ email
mailto:ltyrrell@northamptonshire.gov.uk

For further information and informal discussion please contact Louise Tyrrell on 01604
824152 http://www.northantsartsdevelopment.co.uk/

9.       Artist need for                 youth      consultation          project,
         Nottinghamshire
What:          Experienced Community/Participatory Artist
Who:           Gedling Borough Council
Where:         Netherfield
When:          Deadline 7 December

Fee available up to £1500.

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Gedling Borough Council have a capital sum allocated to refurbish Jackie Bells play area
in Netherfield in the financial year 2008 - 2009. At present facilities on site include some
dated skate board ramps and ball court, a small dirt track BMX track, a younger
childrens' play area and a teenage shelter.

Before any plans for refurbishment are decided on the council would like to conduct
consultations with the user groups. The most difficult user group to obtain any
meaningful consultation with is the 12 - 18 year age group. The Parks department,
working with Arts Development officer, would welcome ideas for small scale, innovative
and participatory on-site arts project that would effectively reach this age group and get
some meaningful feedback on:

* The type of facilities that are/would be most popular.
* What they like/don't like about the space at present
* What would make them more likely to use the space

Gedling Borough Council require this consultation to be completed by March 2008

The successful applicant will have experience of working with young people, be able to
imagine and deliver a new approach, and be up to date with CRB checks.

If you would like to informally discuss this opportunity please contact:

Kevin Tennant (Arts Strategy and Development Officer), Gedling Borough Council,
E: Kevin.Tennant@gedling.gov.uk, T: 0115 9013605 before 7 December.

10. Drama Practitioner wanted, Stoke-on-Trent
What:          Drama-in-Education Practitioner
Who:           Creative Partnerships, Stoke-on-Trent
Where:         Maple Court Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent
When:          Deadline 30 November

Maple Court Primary School is an urban school aged 3 - 11 in Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent.
We are currently working with Creative Partnerships Stoke-on-Trent on a project which
aims to develop a more creative curriculum for both teachers and learners.

To deliver our exciting project we are looking for a Drama-in-Education practitioner with
experience of teaching Investigative Science (AT1) within an imaginary context by fully
engaging pupils across Key Stage 2 (years 3-6). This creative partner may also be
invited to provide quality teacher training focusing on the use of drama as a teaching and
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As a school we are exploring the question:

By exposing the teachers and pupils to a range of creative approaches to Investigative
Science (AT1), can we change attitudes towards how we learn; while aiming to promote
a more healthy lifestyle (body and mind)?

We would like to proceed with the class projects for 5 weeks from the term beginning
February 18th 2008. Within this block of time we would like each Key Stage 2 class to
engage with the Drama Practitioner for the equivalent of 1 full day. We have budgeted
for 6 days at £220. We are currently applying for additional funding to pay for one full
day of teacher training (as stated above).

The practitioner must have, or be willing to undergo an enhanced CRB check, and have
their own public liability insurance (£5 million).

Interested?

Please     contact     Lee     Stringfellow on    01782         235095      or    email
mailto:scarstring@btinternet.com before November 30 2007.

A CV will be requested with two references.

Iain Perry
Team Assistant
Creative Partnerships Stoke on Trent
Creative Partnerships works to give school children throughout England the opportunity
to develop their potential, their ambition, their creativity and imagination through
sustainable partnerships with creative and cultural organisations, businesses and
individuals.

For more information, visit us at:
http://www.creative-partnerships.com
Creative Partnerships
The Sutherland Institute
The Hothouse Annexe
Lightwood Road
Longton
Stoke on Trent ST3 4HY
T: +44 (0)1782 377440
F: +44 (0)1782 377444
E: iain.perry@creative-partnerships.com

11. Bookkeeper required for Festival, Manchester

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What:          Part-time Bookkeeper
Who:           NOISE Festival
Where:         Manchester

Experienced bookkeeper required to work up to 1 day per week to look after NOISE
Festival's charity accounts. You must have at least 3 years experience using SAGE and
co-ordinating PAYE and be able to produce monthly reports and budgets based on the
figures.

NOISE is a media-based showcase for the best creative talent aged 25 and under. The
festival profiles young artist's work via mass media - television, radio, online and print.
The work submitted will include any creative output that can be presented digitally.

If you are interested in this position please email your CV with covering letter to
mailto:office@noisefestival.com or call Rosie on 0161 237 9009.


12. English National Ballet openings
What:          Dancers
Who:           English National Ballet
Where:         UK tour
When:          Deadline Friday 7 December

"Angelina's Star Performance" Audition

Monday 7 January 2008.

English National Ballet seeks one male and one female classically trained ballet dancer
for the Spring 2008 tour of Angelina's Star Performance. The successful applicants will
be joining eight dancers from English National Ballet for the UK tour of this production.

Applicants must be available from Monday 21 January 2008 to Sunday 22 June 2008
inclusive.

Applicants should ensure that they have appropriate work status or residency rights for
the UK before applying for audition. Working holiday visas cannot be accepted.

Applicants are invited to submit a comprehensive CV and a full-length ballet photograph
no later than Friday 7 December 2007 to:

Sarah Malin, Executive Assistant, English National Ballet, Markova House, 39 Jay
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No photographs by e-mail or fax.
No telephone calls, please.

English National Ballet is committed to Equal Opportunities.

http://www.ballet.org.uk


13. Senior Media Officer Vacancy, Sheffield
What:          Senior Media Officer
Who:           Sheffield Theatres
Where:         Sheffield
When:          Deadline Monday 10 December
Salary:        c£20,000 pa


Sheffield Theatres is one of the most successful theatre complexes in the country
comprising the Crucible, Studio and Lyceum.

We are seeking an experienced professional to be part of the organisation's exciting
future, as the Crucible embarks on a multi-million pound refurbishment project. You will
take responsibility for devising and delivering high-quality media plans for Sheffield
Theatres and its work.

Suitable candidates will have significant media/press experience, ideally within the arts
or cultural sector. You will be able to draw on a proven track record of implementing
campaigns across a range of media including print, broadcast, new media, national,
regional and specialist. This is an ideal opportunity for the successful candidate to
reshape the media office at this exciting time in the theatres' history. This post may be
available on either a fixed term or permanent basis.

For an application pack please email mailto:jobs@sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or telephone
(0114) 2013862.

Closing date: Monday 10 December.
http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
An equal opportunities employer.

14. Head of Development vacancy, Manchester
What:          Full-time Head of Development
Who:           Manchester Camerata

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Where:        Manchester
When:         Deadline 5.30pm on Thursday 13 December
Salary:       c£20,000 pa
Salary:       £28k-£33k per annum (depending on experience)

Manchester Camerata is seeking an exceptional and highly motivated fundraiser to play
a pivotal role in achieving the ambitious aims of one of the country's finest chamber
orchestras.

Overseeing all areas of fundraising, you will build on recent major successes as well as
thriving individual-giving and a recently launched Legacy Campaign. You will also play a
central role in the senior management team working closely with the General Manager,
Board of Directors and Development Advisory Group.

For a job pack with application information, please contact Sue Colvin, Head of
Marketing on: 0161 226 8696 or email mailto:scolvin@manchestercamerata.com.

Interviews to be held in Manchester w/c 17 December.
http://www.manchestercamerata.com

15. Creative Skills Project, Mansfield Woodhouse
What:         Creative Skills Project
Who:          Creative Partnerships for Bolsover, Ashfield and Mansfield
Where:        Yeoman Park School, Park Hall Road, Mansfield Woodhouse NG19 8PS
When:         Deadline 1pm Monday 3 December

Yeoman Park School is a special school aiming to fulfil the needs of young people from
the ages of 3 till 19 with Severe Learning Difficulties. Many of the students within this
group have Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, others Autism and / or
challenging behaviour. We aim to give our young people quality experiences from
which they may learn according to their individual needs.

The Project 'Creative Skills Recruitment Model' Yeoman Park School is looking for
creative partners who can inspire us and can be inspired by child centred learning.

Our vision is to develop relationships with excellent creative practitioners who can
engage and excite our whole school.

Yeoman Park School is committed to improving its teaching and learning of young
people with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties over the next three years,
through the School Improvement Plan, research and partnerships with creative thinkers
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We are inviting you to join with us to test our new model for the recruitment of new
practitioners to work with us over our future creative programming. This testing process
will give you the opportunity to observe how we work as a School and as Continuing
Professional Development for yourself, work with practitioners who have already
demonstrated      their   particular   suitability   to   work   with   our     students.
For more information about the school and it's work on Creativity please visit the
Creative Partnerships website on http://www.creative-partnerships.com/BAM or contact
Kate Davies or John Naylor at the School.

Creative Partner Requirements

Your artistic medium is irrelevant, as is previous experience working with children and
young people with Special Educational Needs, however it is ESSENTIAL that you are.....

Committed and professional.
Experimental and improvisational.
Able to communicate and engage.
Curious.

Timetable

Short-listed candidates (X 12) will be contacted and invited to:-

Week of 10 Dec
Open Dialogue Workshop Jan 08
Classroom Observations (max 9) March 08
Professional Development Day, induction for selected practitioners (max 9) April 08
Final Selection (for this stage max 3) April 08
Final review and assessment of efficacy of this Recruitment Model to both Practitioners
and School Summer 08
Selected Practitioners will be invited to join us in the planning of our Creative Program.
2008 – 9

Budget

The minimum fee available will be £50.00 expenses per participant. This will cover:

1 day Open Dialogue Workshop. (max 12)

If selected to progress the following fees would be offered to participate in the
recruitment process

1 day Observation and participation with selected classes. £50


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1 day Professional Development Day with Creative Practitioners experienced in this area
of work. £150

Half Day Reflection and Evaluation of the Recruitment Model at £50

A total fee of £300.00 on offer for participants selected for every stage of the process.

Application

Please send your CV with an accompanying paragraph outlining your interest in this
project to Stephen Jon at Yeoman Park School.

Email: mailto:stephen_jon@hotmail.com
Tel: 0115 9622121
Post: Yeoman Park School, as above
Lucy Alcock
Programme Co-ordinator
Creative Partnerships Bolsover, Ashfield & Mansfield
Mansfield Business Centre
Ashfield Avenue
Mansfield
Notts. NG18 2AE
T:      +44 (0)1623 404377
F:     +44 (0)1623 404390
E:     mailto:Lucy.Alcock@creative-partnerships.com
W:     http://www.creative-partnerships.com


16. Drama teacher wanted, Manchester
What:         Drama Teacher
Who:          Mainstream Theatre Arts
Where:        Mainstream Theatre Arts, 28 Reuben Street, Stockport SK4 1PS
When:         Now

If you are based within the Manchester area, and are an experienced, charismatic
performing arts teacher with strong drama teaching skills, preferably with an ability to
teach some dance and singing, and with a proven track record of success at primary
age level, we can offer you exciting job opportunities and earning potential. Must be
CRB checked or willing to undertake such checks.

Send your CV urgently to: Mainstream Theatre Arts, Head Office, 28 Reuben Street,
Stockport SK4 1PS or e-mail: mailto:info@mainstreamstudios.co.uk


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17. Media artist wanted, Rotherham
What:          Media Artist
Who:           ArtPulse
Where:         Kiveton, South Rotherham
When:          Deadline Monday 12 December, 12pm
Fee:           £1,500 to include all equipment

ArtsPulse is a year long Arts in Health project in the south of Rotherham Borough,
designed to increase the health and well being of participants. The project is working
with 6 groups, 2 youth groups, a Parent and Toddler group, an Older People's group and
2 Mental Health groups.

We want a media artist to work with one of the youth groups, girls aged 13-16. The
group size is approximately 7-15.

The media artist will be working in partnership with the drama worker already in place to
devise a project for the girls, around issues of body image, the pressure on teenage girls
to be thin and media manipulation (i.e media images of celebrities are not necessary
accurate). The project also has the support of a nutrition health worker who will supply
the drama and media worker with information on healthy eating, to encourage the girls to
eat healthily as opposed to skipping meals.

It is envisaged the drama worker will help the group devise a piece of drama, the media
worker will then deliver sessions on the media and media manipulation and teach the
girls some rough filming skills and then film the piece of drama. This is flexible, it is
envisaged that the media and drama worker will meet with the project co-ordinator and
then work together to come up with their own proposal of how they would like to run the
project.

The youth workers and group are very excited about the project!

We are looking for an artist interested in working with the client group, who is patient,
encouraging and creative. Artists will also be asked to fill in a diary log sheet at the end
of each session to help with evaluation purposes.

The project has also hired an evaluation consultant to help us develop a standard toolkit
that could be used by others wanting to evaluate health and wellbeing projects.

Essential requirements

Current CRB check
Experience of working with youth groups.

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They must be well organised, with each workshop well thought-out, and responsive.

Rate of pay

Budget for whole project is £3000, so £1,500 for media artist, to include all fees and
equipment.

Dates

Wednesdays 6-8pm. The project can happen anytime between February-July 2008. It
is envisaged this will be decided on by the media and drama worker and the group.

Location

Kiveton in South Rotherham. There is a train station next door to the youth centre,
however it is a rural location and regularity may not be guarneteed. There are also
buses, though again these may be irregular.

To apply

Please send

1)        Your CV
2)        A letter outlining your suitability, experience and enthusiasm for the post and a
          rough idea of how you might approach it.

Send to:

Rhiannon Lister-Coburn
Arts in Health Officer
The Arts Centre,
Walker Place
Rotherham S65 1JH
mailto:rhiannon.lister-coburn@rotherham.gov.uk

18. Director of Development                                 and       Administration
    sought, Sheffield
What:            Director of Development and Administration
Who:             Music in the Round
Where:           Sheffield
When:            Deadline Thursday 6 December, 12pm
Salary:          c £35,000 (2 year fixed term contract in the first instance)


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Contact:      Tracy Johnston for an application pack
              T: 0114 2812814660
              mailto:tracyj@musicintheround.co.uk

Sheffield based Music in the Round is the largest UK promoter of chamber music outside
of London. We are small but highly dynamic team who are committed to bringing the
highest quality chamber music to as many people as possible. We are seeking a Director
of Development and Administration with a strong record in arts administration, financial
management and building relationships with sponsors, funders and other stakeholders.
The role will involve shaping the future structure of the company and the post-holder will
be responsible for implementing the artistic vision of the Artistic Director and Ensemble
360.

Interview date: Monday 17th December

http://www.musicintheround.co.uk

19. Festival Administrator sought, Halifax
What:         Festival Administrator
Who:          The July Project
Where:        Square Chapel, Halifax
When:         Deadline Friday 7 December, noon
Salary:       £18,000 (37.5 hour week)
Contact:      Cheryl@squarechapel.co.uk for application pack or download from
              www.squarechapel.co.uk .CVs alone will not be acceptable.

The postholder will co-ordinate The July Project, a Festival for Young People in
Calderdale. The post has funding for one year, and may be renewable subject to
funding. The successful candidate will need excellent organisational and communication
skills and have an interest in working with young people. They should also be literate in
a range of computer packages including excel and databases and be willing to work
flexible hours.

20. Male and Female actors required, Leicester
What:         Male and female actors for „Adventures in Dystopia‟
Who:          Speakeasy Theatre Company
Where:        Leicester
When:         Auditions 17 and 18 December 2007
Fee:          £440 per week inclusive of subsistence and relocation expenses
Contact:      Bob Christer,
              Speakeasy Theatre Company
              Unit 16, Linwood Workshops

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              Linwood Lane
              Leicester LE2 6QJ
              T 0116 283 6646
              E mailto:info@speakeasy.fsbusiness.co.uk

Speakeasy Theatre Co require: one Male playing age late teens, two Male/Female
playing age 20s-40s, one Female playing age late teens-early twenties.

This new play by Andy Reeves is produced by Speakeasy Theatre Company,
commissioned by Derbyshire County Council Environmental Services and will tour to
Derbyshire schools year 8: 12-13 year olds. The production will feature a professionally-
designed set incorporating projected images, be fast-paced and physical and will
demand highly skilled and motivated performers comfortable with schools touring.

Auditions: Leicester, 17 and 18 December 2007
Rehearsals: Leicester, 14-25 January 2008
Tour dates: Monday-Friday, 28 January-8 February, then 25 February-14 March

Synopsis:

Dan's not a bad kid. He's just disconnected. He doesn't see what the environment has to
do with him. He doesn't see what anything has to do with him, really- until a seemingly
chance meeting with the sparky, time-travelling green commando Lever changes his life
irrevocably.

Dan is plunged without warning by Lever into the year 3007- and abandoned. With all of
the earth's resources just about used up, Society has all but fallen apart. Food is scarce
and the search for it a cause of major crime. Time travel is accepted; but visitors from
our time are hated, blamed for their complicity in the ecological disasters which were
their legacy. Dan, barely knowing why, becomes a fugitive in 3007. He is forced to run
from an angry mob, with only the dubious help of a streetwise girl, Karo and her
untrustworthy Father Mak. Forced by Mak to try and steal food Dan becomes a fugitive
from the law too. Will Dan's gradual awakening to the ecological situation -both in his
time and the future- help him to escape? Will Lever re-appear- or is Dan to be held to
blame for the failings of a generation?

Character Info:

Dan: (M) Central character- Initially bored, laconic, disconnected teenager forced
through a series of trials to reveal inner resourcefulness and strength. Playing age late
teens.

Karo: (F) Streetwise survivor from the dystopian world that is Earth in 3008. Tough,
physical and feisty, the need to survive has pushed a more caring side deep within her.
Playing age late teens early twenties.

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Lever: (M/F) Mysterious, sparky, colourful time-traveller who acts as a catalyst for the
action. Futuristic environmental interventionist. A lively role demanding good physical
skills and energy. Playing age late twenties- forties. Doubles with:

Mak: (M/F) Jaded, cynical, untrustworthy, shifty parent of Karo.

Other information: Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of CRB status.

Application is by CV and covering letter; send to Bob Christer at the address above:

http://www.speakeasytheatre.co.uk

Speakeasy is a member of the Independent Theatre Council

21. a-n seeks Online Editor
What:          Online Editor
Who:           a-n The Artists Information Company
When:          Friday 7 December 2007, noon
Contact:       To receive full details including application process email up-to-date CV
               and full contact details to Gillian.nicol@a-n.co.uk by 7 December

Online Editor sought for a new online resource exploring contemporary artists‟ practice.

We are offering a freelance contract to a web-literate visual arts specialist who, through
animating and contextualizing the site‟s contents, will generate a lively and stimulating
online community of interest around contemporary artists‟ practice.

22. Public Commission, Hospital Arts Project
What:           Royal Aberdeen Children‟s Hospital Arts Project
Who:            Artists or artist collaborations
Where:         Aberdeen
When:          Deadline 30 January
Fee:           Rosehill House and the Lowitt Unit – £27,000.
               Surgical and Medical Ward entrance – £15,000.
Contact:       Artist briefs can be requested from sally.thomson@nhs.net               or
               downloaded from www.rach-art.org.uk 01224 554528.

Artist or artist collaborations with a proven track record for public art commissions
wanted to transform areas of the new children's hospital as part of Phase II of the
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Our projects are aimed at artists or artist collaborations who have a strong element of
public involvement within their public art practise. The artists will be expected to work
closely with patients, families, staff and young people to realise the designs for the
spaces.

23. Pavilion posts
What:         4 photographers
Who:          Pavilion
Where:        National Media Museum, Bradford
When:         Deadline 7 December
Fee:          £2000 per photographer, production budget of up to £2000
Contact:      For submission guidelines www.pavilion.org.uk/projects_present.html

Pavilion will commission and exhibit the work of four emerging UK-based photographers.
Each photographer selected will be expected to develop and deliver a new body of work,
for exhibition as a group show at the National Media Museum, Bradford.
The work is to be delivered over a seven month period, February-August/September 08.

24. Soft Touch Arts, Leicester seeks Project Co-
    ordinator
Soft Touch uses the arts to offer people with limited opportunities the chance to work
together to effect positive change for themselves and their communities.
Soft Touch Arts now seeks to appoint a Project Co-ordinator (Refugees and Asylum
Seekers)
Salary £20,895 - £23,952 p.a. pro rata, depending on experience
Pay award pending
Part time (two days per week) - 18 month fixed term contract

Soft Touch Arts already has an established programme of work with refugees and
asylum seekers. The postholder will co-ordinate a new arts based programme of
capacity building work with young refugees and asylum seekers and community
organisations who work with this client group.

Applicants should have experience of co-ordinating projects, the ability to be self-
organised and to motivate others. We are looking for someone who is familiar with the
issues faced by young refugees and asylum seekers and those who work with them, and
who is able to communicate with a wide range of people and organisations.

For further information and an application pack contact:
Helen Pearson
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Leicester LE2 1WF
Tel: (0116) 270 2706; fax: (0116) 274 5824;
email: helen@soft-touch.org.uk

Soft Touch operates an equal opportunities policy. We positively encourage applications
by people from black and ethnic minority communities and from refugees.

Closing date for applications: 9:00am Monday 3 December

25. Two posts at United Creatives, Manchester
What:          Picture Frame Maker
Who:           United Creatives
Where:         Manchester
When:          From now
Contact:       chris@unitedcreatives.com

United Creatives are seeking a bespoke timber frame maker for gallery and personal art
projects.

Generally disgruntled with poor mass produced foam-filled picture frames that are made
in China we are seeking a local individual or company who can make gallery standard
glazed wooden frames in varying sizes and finishes to house graphic art and
photography.

We look forward to hearing from anyone in this industry who is capable of producing a
high quality product.

Please send details to mailto:chris@unitedcreatives.com
http://www.unitedcreatives.com

What:          Junior Graphic Designer (3-month unpaid work placement)
Who:           United Creatives
Where:         402 The Box Works, Worsley Street, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4NU
When:          Deadline 1 January 2008
Contact:       Chris Edmunds: chris@unitedcreatives.com, 0161 8333405, 0777
               5728599

United Creatives are seeking a junior graphic designer hungry for knowledge and
experience to join their small studio on a work experience placement with this being is a
unique opportunity to ally yourself with an agency in take-off mode.

Working hours will be random, briefs will be varied (New York and European nightclubs,
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directly with the Creative Director on a range of challenging projects that encompass
design for print and 3d design.

You must be based in Manchester, be technically proficient in the majority of Adobe DTP
applications, be driven by good design and remain flexible in regards to availability and
the nature of work (this will include but not be limited to design for print,
typesetting, viral graffiti campaigns, assisting on photo shoots, scanning and some low
level admin).

The position is part time and unpaid although travel expenses will be covered.

We do not require a CV for this position, just send 3 examples of your best graphics
work (less than 2Mb please) and a single sentence on why you'd like to work for United
Creatives to mailto:chris@unitedcreatives.com.

Chris Edmunds BA (Hons), Creative Director
United Creatives
Manchester – Shanghai
http://www.unitedcreatives.com

26. Old Tower Arts call for sculptors
What:         Notts area Sculptors
Who:          Old Tower Arts Project with Bramcote Conservation Society
Where:        Bramcote Old Tower, Notts
When:         Deadline 11 January
Fee:          £18,450 (inclusive). Design fee of £200 for 3 interviewed artists
Contact:      For brief contact Clare Janes, Arts Development Manager
              T: 0115 917 3745 or clare.janes@broxtowe.gov.uk

To create seats and interpretation panels that reflect the heritage of Bramcote Old
Tower, through workshops in schools/community groups from February–November
2008.

27. Futuresonic
What:         Artists
Who:          Futuresonic
Where:        Manchester
When:         Deadline 18 December 2007
Fee           £5,000
Contact:      Details and application forms from www.futuresonic.com/08/getinvolved-
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Futuresonic now invites artists, thinkers and makers to submit proposals to its Art, Music,
Ideas and EVENTS strands from 1-4 May 2008. A commission valued at £5,000 is
available for a new project responding to the Social Networking Unplugged theme.
Support will also be available for a limited number of other projects, and Futuresonic
invites submissions of projects that do not require funding from the festival.

28. Hypnos production bursaries
What:          Experimental filmmakers, dance videographers and moving image artists
Who:           Threshold Studios
Where:         East      Midlands        region      (Leicestershire,    Nottinghamshire,
               Northamptonshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire)
When:          Deadline 14 December 2007
Fee            £1,000 plus production budget c £2,000
Contact:       Email for contributors' guidelines to chiral@thresholdstudios.tv

Threshold Studios offer five production bursaries for artists to create single screen works
that disturb our sleep with incongruities, haunt our dreams with their strange beauty or
weave a trance from fractured narratives. The five successful artists will feature on the
fifth Critical Mass DVD collection and be screened at festivals worldwide.

Production and post-production March-August 2008, release of Critical Mass: Hypnos
DVD Jan 2009.

Other benefits: access to a G5 or G4 editing station running Final Cut Pro with the
support              of            an               experienced              editor.




EXHIBITION and OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

1.       Design Factory – opportunity to join
Next selection deadline: 8 December 2007

Are you a creative business looking for new opportunities to market your work
internationally? Do you need support to get your business to the next stage?

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To join the region‟s leading design organization visit www.designfactory.org.uk or ring
01529 414830/414532 for an application pack.

2.     Buxton Poetry Competition
National Poetry Day was celebrated in Buxton last month with the launch of a national
poetry competition. Guests from across the region gathered at the Devonshire Dome to
hear the details of the Buxton Poetry Competition which is being coordinated by Buxton
Festival and The University of Derby Buxton. The launch was also the first opportunity
local people had to meet River Walton who was announced at the launch as the new
Derbyshire Poet Laureate.

Buxton Poetry Competition will give Poets of all ages the opportunity to take part in a
major new literary competition – supported by the UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion –
which will give its winners the chance to read their work at the Buxton Festival and be
exhibited at the Devonshire Campus

Professor Motion and Lady Jasmine Cavendish, daughter of the Duke of Devonshire, are
the patrons for the first Buxton Poetry Competition. Poems entered into it will be
assessed by a panel of distinguished judges; including award-winning poet Fleur Adcock
OBE and Michael Schmidt OBE, Professor of Poetry at the University of Glasgow and
author of books on the subject.

Poems entered into the competition will take as their theme „Water‟, the importance and
abundance of which has shaped Buxton‟s development and which continues to play a
major role in the town‟s resurgence as a major tourist destination. The closing date for
entries is April 1, 2008. Entries for under 19‟s are free!

This major literary competition will be open to all ages nationwide, with the winners
receiving cash prizes and an opportunity to read their work before an audience during
the 2008 Buxton Festival.

Professor Motion, Poet Laureate, said: “The Buxton Poetry Competition is a valuable
contribution to the literary life of the country, complementing the many good things
already done by the Buxton Festival. I‟m delighted to be associated with it.”

Glyn Foley, Chief Executive of the Buxton Festival, said: “Our aim is to recognise and
reward emerging talent and creativity as well as to provide an outlet for poetry during the
Festival.

“The Festival‟s star morning literary series goes from strength to strength each year,
attracting many high calibre authors. We are pleased to give this exciting opportunity to
established and budding poets, to showcase their work to our Festival audience during
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Professor David Gray, Dean of the University of Derby Buxton, added: “As a community
university we are committed to promoting the arts ever more widely. This new literary
endeavour meets that aspiration admirably and we are delighted to be a partner in it.”

For further details or to receive an entry pack contact Liz Holland, Community
Development Officer at the University of Derby Buxton, on 01332 594627 or email:
l.holland@derby.ac.uk; or Claire Rhodes, Business Development Officer for the Buxton
Festival, on 01298 70395 or email claire@buxtonfestival.co.uk.

3.     Jerwood Moving Image Awards – new prize
A major new prize for artists working in digital moving art, launched by the Jerwood
Charitable Foundation.

Awards of £10,000 will be made on 4 March to three artists, and submissions are invited
now.

The prize celebrates and supports emerging talent in digital moving art – from film,
documentary, video and music to dance, installation and drawing.

Selected work will be shown online at www.jerwoodmovingimage.org with eight artists
exhibiting at the Jerwood Space, London from 20 February to 20 March 2008.

For more information and to apply please visit thewww.jerwoodmovingimage.org.

4.     Derbyshire Open Arts 2008
Derbyshire Open Arts is a visual arts and crafts event across the county. This free event
invites you to visit artists and craftspeople in their showspaces and workplaces over
Spring Bank holiday weekend.

Our next event will take place during Spring Bank holiday weekend, 24, 25 and 26 May
2008.

Applications are now being accepted for 2008. Deadline for completion and return of
forms is Friday 11 January 2008. Forms can be downloaded at
www.derbyshireopenarts.co.uk, completed and returned BY POST to the organiser at:
11 The Clough, Lower Hady, Chesterfield, S41 0BZ.

Please note that forms are sent out automatically by post this autumn to all artists who
are on our 2008 database. If you are not registered for a form, but would like to receive
one by post, please contact the Organiser on 01246 230925. For any other general
enquiries please email: info@derbyshireopenarts.co.uk.

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5.     Independent designers wanted, Sheffield
Alex Barrett is looking for independent designers who have their own labels and want to
sell their collections. Alex has been running a successful fashion boutique in Sheffield,
'Each to their Own', for over a year and has had to move premises to a larger boutique
because of the shop‟s success.

Alex now wants to find more independent designers who would like to sell their
collections in a successful boutique in Sheffield.

'Each to their Own „runs its own successful label, which is made from recycled clothing.
It is a boutique for customers who want to be that little bit different from the high street.
There are designers from all over the country selling their labels in 'Each to their Own'.
This is a unique boutique and its reputation is spreading.

If you are an independent designer whose designs have that little something special this
is the ideal boutique for you to sell your collections.

To register your interest please email mailto:each-to-their-own@hotmail.com with some
pictures of your work or you telephone the boutique on 01142 726811 and arrange an
appointment with Alex.

6.     Band Camp, Manchester Academy
Band Camp is a one day music festival taking place on Saturday 10th May 2008 at
Manchester Academy from 5-11pm. It's one of the headline events of next year's Queer
Up North, Europe's leading festival of lesbian, gay and queer arts, dance, music,
exhibitions, cabaret, comedy and film from around the world(www.queerupnorth.com).

Band Camp is for bands, acoustic artists, alt.folk, electronica with voice and odd stuff.
We're not looking for chart pop/dance/R&B, jazz or djs for this event. We're hungry for
tomorrow and thirsty for fresh talent.

We'd like to heard from solo artists, groups, bands who tick our box. We're actually not
that bothered about the box ticking, it's the quality of your music that matters most to us.

So if you're the next Sigur Ros, the Organ, Suede, Le Tigre, Bloc Party, REM, k d lang,
Patrick Wolf, Tegan & Sara, Grizzly Bear, Greenday, or Rilo Kiley - we'd love to hear
from you.

If you'd like to be considered for a slot on one of the 3 stages we're running please send
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Craig White
queerupnorth
Greenfish Resource Centre
46-50 Oldham Street
Manchester M4 1LE


Or    send    mp3/myspace    link    (where       there   are    posted     tracks)        to:
mailto:craig@queerupnorth.com with a little information about yourself/group/band.

7.     South Yorkshire                    Open         Studios          –      call      for
       participants
Open Up Sheffield & South Yorkshire is now opening its lists for interested artists and
craft makers. We are particularly keen to hear from performance artists and installation
artists-    who      can      apply    for     Free     Entry    to      the     event.
For any questions contact the Project Manager: Sharon Gill, 0114 2753847
mailto:openupsheffield@yahoo.com,
http://www.openupsheffield.co.uk,
http://openupsheffield.blogspot.com/

8.     Artists wanted for exhibition in Manchester
Artists, visual or otherwise, wanted for exhibition in Manchester in cellar of Victorian
house.

The idea is to get a group of artists to exhibit inside this untended space; not to respond
to it as such but to be aware of it, to be aware of its presence and its shapes. The
pieces are not to exhibit as a group as such but more to vie for space, to struggle for
attendance.

The room/s are damp and ugly. The art will not be cared for, watched over, or
necessarily respected. The walls are not flat. The room is not well lit. The house is well
lived in.

We only want to fill the space, to use these conditions to both their and our utmost, to
have art peeping out of the ground, for it to be a secret, for it to say only what it feels it
needs to; with no bolt-ons, no embellishments, no dusted polished frames. There is then
left only art and some kind of skewed honesty, some kind of necessity turned into thing,
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Submit anything. Surprise us. We do not know what we are looking for until we see or
read it.

No abstract paintings.

The opening will not be announced to tenants. The house will continue to be lived in on
and around the launch night.

Please email submissions to: mailto:allstreamingupward@hotmail.com

Or send us hard copies at:

AllStreamingUpward
University of Salford
Irwell Valley Campus
School of Art and Design
Blandford Road
Salford M6 6BD

Hard copies will not be returned to artists apart from at the launch night.

Deadline for entries: 23:59 on 31 December 2007

9.     Sculpture Courtyard, Scunthorpe
20-21 Visual Arts Centre seeks proposals for new and existing work from artists, makers
and curators for exhibitions in sculpture courtyard, a 200 sq m secure exterior space.

Limited funding for fees, fabrication, installation and transport may be available.

Contact Dominic Mason, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe DN15
6TB, 01724 297070, Dominic.Mason@Northlincs.gov.uk


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

1.     QEST Crafts Awards
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QEST gives awards worth between £2,000 and £15,000 to craftsmen and women of all
ages.

Scholarships are awarded twice a year – applications for spring 2008 awards must be
received by 11 January 2008.

To find out more and download an application form visit the QEST website:
www.quest.org.uk or contact The Secretary, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, No.
1 Buckingham Place, London SW1E 6HR (send and A4 sae with 50p stamp).

2.      Connecting Communities Plus, Community Grants
The £18m Connecting Communities Plus (CC+) scheme is an integral part of the
Government's stated aim 'to reduce race inequalities and tackle extremism'. The grant
funding is for organisations that are committed to delivering projects and services that
promote race equality and foster strong community relations.

The third round of this fund opened for applications on 4th September 2007 and will
close on 8th January 2008.

Applicants will need to submit proposals that demonstrate successful delivery of key
priorities for the fund:

*       Improving the experiences of people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)
        backgrounds in relation to access and outcomes from public services - education,
        employment, health, housing and the Criminal justice System

*       Increasing the confidence of people from BME backgrounds that public services
        are delivered in a fair and equitable way

*       Tackling racism and extremism

*       Bringing together communities from different races and faiths, and promoting a
        shared sense of belonging (community cohesion)

Funding is available for a range of different activities or projects that will make a
difference in your local community and contribute to the four priorities of the fund
(„Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society‟ provides the context and policies that
form     the    basis     of    this   fund,     you     can     download      it   at
www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1504860)

Activities that are eligible include:

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*        Employment – eg. Running a mentoring scheme for local people linked to local
         businesses
*        Health – eg. Working with people in local communities to run activities that
         increase understanding of health related issues
*        Housing – eg. Supporting zero tolerance campaigns with tenants/residents
         against racial harassment amongst neighbours
*        Criminal Justice System – eg. Supporting members of BME communities to
         become involved in public services as staff members, board members or
         volunteers Increasing the confidence of people from BME backgrounds that
         public services are delivered in a fair and equitable way
*        Bridge-building and conflict resolution work between different members of local
         communities such as festivals, social events or training of local mediators

These Community Grants are aimed at locally run and managed voluntary and
community organisations with an income of less than £50,000 per year, run by
volunteers or with no more than one full time or two or more part time paid staff and are
not currently receiving a grant or other funding from the Race Equality Unit or the
Cohesion and Faiths Unit of Communities and Local Government.

Grants up to £12,000 are available although most grants are expected to be between
£6,000 and £12,000

All funding awarded in this round must be spent by 31st March 2009

The closing date for applications is 8th January 2008.
For more information please visit:
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EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

1.       The STUDIO61 Christmas and New Year Exhibition
What:           The STUDIO61 Christmas and New Year Exhibition
Where:          STUDIO61, The Coach House, Lea Nr Matlock DE4 5GJ
When:           To 20 December

To continue its exhibition programme STUDIO61 presents a colourful and varied Winter
exhibition including Design Factory member Alison Yule Textiles, Eileen Turner Wildlife,
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display will be textiles, oils, acrylics, watercolours, mixed media, photography and print
making.

On display are Oils, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Photography, Watercolours, Weaving
and Illuminated Art.

The Craft Shop adjacent to the gallery is now bursting with unusual quality gifts for
Christmas, not available on the high street.

New to the Gallery is Rachel Helen Designs. As a member of The British Jewellery
Association Rachel specialises in unusual one off pieces, all hallmarked with each piece
being unique and highly desirable .

I hope you can find time in your busy schedule to pop in and support the Derbyshire
artists, designers and makers.

2.       Trampoline 10th Anniversary exhibition
What:         Heath Bunting exhibition: „ The Status Project – an A-Z of The System‟
Where:        Trampoline
              c/o Broadway
              14-18 Broad Street
              Nottingham NG1 3AL
When:         To 5 December
Booking:      Tel: 0115-840 9272 http://www.trampoline.org.uk


Broadway will host an exhibition by internationally renowned artist Heath Bunting until 5
December, displaying maps and guidebooks of 'the system' that he defines as The
Status Project. The artist will use these guides to lead members of the public on a walk
through the city, demonstrating the links between the variables that determine our social
status, from owning a Tesco Club Card to getting on the Electoral Register.

Collected in an online database, the system offers the potential user absurd
combinations in the mode of 'I am licensed to keep dangerous wild animals. I am able to
write in block capitals AND I am insured for public liability.'

With Support by The National Lottery through Arts Council England, Nottingham Trent
University


3.       Wirksworth Film Society – December showings
What:         Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire inn „Top Hat‟

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Where:         Wirksworth Town Hall
When:          Friday 7 December, 7.30pm (bar opens 7pm)

A rare opportunity to see a classic film on a big screen. The classiest and funniest of the
Astaire-Rogers musicals, Top Hat offers something close to perfect cinematic escapism

A high point of the film is the stars' performance of 'Cheek to Cheek' - not merely the
film's outstanding sequence but one of the great dance routines in the history of the
Hollywood musical.

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What:            „An Inconvenient Truth‟ – Climate Change film show
Where:           Middleton-by-Wirksworth Village Hall
When:            Saturday 8 December, 7.30pm (Free entry)

Al Gore's travelling lecture about global warming captured on film. Prepare yourself for a
troubling experience if you're in doubt about climate change.

His voice is urgent and clear. This important and highly acclaimed film gained a Nobel
Peace prize for Al Gore. It might not be a barrel of laughs (in terms of both its grim
subject and its arid presentation), but it's a must-see.

Big changes are on the way; come and find out some of the basic facts and join the
discussion after the film.

Presented by Middleton Environment Group and Wirksworth Film Society.

http://www.wirksworthfilm.co.uk

4.       Flying Donkeys Tour – from the Heart of England
What:          An evening of Derbyshire tales with Flying Donkeys
Where:         Partington Theatre Club Room
               Henry Street
               Glossop
               SK13 8BW
When:          Sunday 24 February 2008, 7.30pm
Cost:          Tickets £5.00 – Bar: coffee & cakes on sale
Booking:       01457 853413
               help@georgestreetbooks.co.uk

Three professional storytellers are out and about in Derbyshire telling time-smoothed
tales of quests and curses, mysteries and misbegettings, low cunning and dark
enchantment; they conjure back to life folk tales and legends drawn from Derbyshire and


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the Midlands, and worked with some modern twists and turns. Flying Donkeys of Derby
are travelling the county with their new and innovative show, bringing stories from the
heart, and stories for the heart of England. Roy Dyson, Helen Frances & Raymond
Greenoaken, with guests drawn from Flying Donkeys' associates. Supported by the Arts
Council, East Midlands.

Evening promoted by George Street Books, George Street, Glossop

For more details about the tour see www.flyingdonkeys.co.uk or call 01773 781007


5.       Flat Earth update
What:          „Flat Earth‟
Where:         Channel 4
When:          Sunday 2 December

Just to let you know that Flat Earth will now be BROADCAST on Channel 4 this Sunday
2 December at 00.00hrs. The program is an hour long and includes all six new Animate
Projects and interviews. So if you're not night owls then set your recorders...

Also, AN INTERVIEW about us and our work has just gone online as part of vague
terrain's            online             journal    /http://www.vagueterrain.net/
content/archives/journal08/journal08.html

We are also showing Flat Earth in Amsterdam as part of Montevideo's exhibition, 'Video
Vortex 2', which opens on 8 December 2007 and runs until 3rd February 2008:
http://www.montevideo.nl

Finally, you can still see the railway flap sign version of 'BEACON' at FACT in Liverpool
until January 2008 and we are showing the data projected version of BEACON currently
at The Haifa Museum in Israel as part of NETworking exhibition.

Jon & Alison

6.       Sheffield shows
Cupola

To 12 January: „Christmas Exhibition‟ – mixed show

178-178a Middlewood Road,
Hillsborough
Sheffield S6 1TD

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T: 0114 285 2665
www.cupolagallery.com

Graves Art Gallery

Until Spring 08: „Breaking with Tradition‟ – the development of modern art in Britain.

Until 5 January: „Where Are We?‟ – questions of landscape.

Surrey Street
Sheffield
S1 1XZ
T: 0114 278 2600
www.sheffieldgalleries.org.uk
Mon-Sat, 10-5

Millennium Gallery

Until 20 January: „Hand, Heart and Soul‟ – The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland.

Arundel Gate
Sheffield
S1 2PP
T: 0114 278 2645
www.sheffieldgalleries.org.uk
Mon-Sat, 10-5; Sun, 11-5

7.     Manchester shows
CUBE – Centre for the Urban Built Environment

To 26 January 2008: ‘Shrinking Cities’

Shrinking Cities Exhibitions coming to Manchester and Liverpool

The Shrinking Cities project is funded by the German Cultural Foundation and
investigates the process of urban shrinkage. Since 2002 it has worked with an
international network of more than 200 artists, architects, filmmakers, academics, and
local initiatives. Its focus is primarily developments in the US, UK, Germany, Russia, and
Japan. After several large exhibitions in Europe, North America, and Asia, Shrinking
Cities is coming to the UK for the first time, presenting its international investigations with
over 80 exhibition works.

CUBE is hosting the first part of the exhibition, Shrinking Cities: International Research,

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which examines the phenomenon of urban decline in Manchester/Liverpool, Detroit
(USA), Halle/Leipzig (Germany), and Ivanovo (Russian Federation). Themes include a
worldwide study of shrinking cities, the change in urban landscapes, everyday practices,
and political conflicts under the conditions of urban decline.

At RENEW Rooms, Liverpool, a thematic focus is given to the subject of polarisation,
examining  the     conditions    in     northern      England      and      greater
Detroit.

The second part of the exhibition, Shrinking Cities: Interventions, is being hosted by Site,
Liverpool John Moores University's art gallery at the Albert Dock, Liverpool, and
presents models of action. The projects range from artistic interventions and self-
empowerment strategies through architectural, landscape, media, and performance
interventions all the way to new legal regulations and utopian visions.

113-115 Portland Street
Manchester
M1 6DW

AXM Bar

Now: ‘Wounds’, Richard Joel Bannister

Local artist exhibiting Contemporary Figurative Artwork in the double award
winning AXM Bar.


The nature of Richard Joel Bannister's current work explores the figure. In paintings of
the self, the images render the reading of internal and external conflicts. Bannister's
work focuses primarily on introverted sensations depicting identity, self respect and
sexuality: the relationship between the subconscious and the corporeal.

AXM
AXM BAR 10 CANAL STREET
Manchester
M1 3EZ
T:    0161 236 6005/ (0161) 236 6346
E:    mailto:STUART@AXM-BAR.CO.UK
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Hip hop theatre unites asylum seekers and host communities.

An innovative hip hop theatre production has united young people from Greater
Manchester's refugee and asylum seeker population with excluded youth from their host
communities.

Inside The Lines is an all-consuming physical and visual experience, fusing street dance
with theatre, roots with breaks, and digital images with an original and partly live music
score. The plot explores and exposes themes of migration and alienation.

It tells the story of four teenagers - each with their own troubles – whose lives become
entwined by the end of the show. Eric feels unloved and isolated and expresses himself
through his sketch book and graffiti art. Nayim is an asylum seeker - a deep thinker who
expresses himself through poetry. Sara is a young activist who has lost all connection
with her parents' homeland. Her friend Eva is stifled by the area she has grown up in
and wants to get out and see the wider world. The moving and uplifting tale draws from
stories told by young people with refugee and asylum seeker status who took part in the
Urban Music Theatre project run by Community Arts North West (CAN), in association
with Zion Arts Centre. The production is directed by Chris Sudworth and produced by
Yasmin Yaqub.

Some of the cast and production crew of Inside the Lines have been blogging at
http://www.insidethelines.org.uk

Zion Arts Centre
355 Stretford Road
Hulme
Manchester M15 5EF

Tickets £6/£4 on T: 0161 226 1912 or credit card bookings 0870 444 5556/
http://www.ticketline.co.uk/


8.     Tomorrow’s arts masterpieces for sale in Stoke-on-
       Trent
What:         AirSpace AirTrade Fine Art Auction
Where:        Staffordshire University Pavilion, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent
When:         Friday 14 December, 7pm
Booking:      mailto:info@airspacegallery.org, T: 01782 261 221

Auctioneer: Mike Wolfe

AirTrade Exhibition


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AirSpace Gallery on 11 December, 7pm -9pm
Viewing on 12 and 13 December, 11am - 5pm

AirSpace is having an auction to raise funds to extend it's repertoire of exhibitions. Over
70 artists have pledged work and it is your opportunity to invest in work from both local
and national artists, whilst supporting what is proving to be Stoke-on-Trent's most vibrant
visual arts asset.

 All Artworks are available to view and bid for on the airspace website at
http://www.airspacegallery.org/airtrade, as well as this there will be 3 viewing days at the
AirSpace Gallery from the 11-13 December.

Silent bids will also be taken on 01782 261221 on the 12th December from 11am and
5pm.

The auction opens on the 14 December at 7pm at the Pavilion (Staffordshire University)
and the auction starts at 8pm with guest auctioneer Mike Wolfe. All the artworks will be
available for viewing on the night.

Entertainment          and          refreshments          will        be          available.

To RSVP your place at the auction please e-mail or telephone AirSpace.

Thank you for your support, and would like to especially like to thank all the artists who
donated work for AirTrade. Internationally renowned artist Paul Rooney is offering for
original signed copies of his vinyl piece 'Lucy Over Lancashire'. The Powell and Weston
Bronze wall relief, based on the Neo-Assyrian Stone panel (from around 645 BC -
housed in the British Museum) is a truly unique gifting idea and would grace the wall of
any proud gardener. AirTrade can also reveal that Adam James has 4 prints on offer.
Now don't go spreading this around, but we at AirTrade believe that James is one to
watch! This could be the opportunity to get your hands on a masterpiece of the future!

Other featured major artists and works include; Common Culture, Matt Robinson, Rachel
Marsden... and limited edition prints from AirSpace.

AirSpace Gallery
4 Broad Street
Hanley
Stoke on Trent
Staffs ST1 4HL
http://www.airspacegallery.org
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AirSpace is funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery.
It is also supported by The Big Boost, Stoke-on-Trent City Council,
Staffordshire University and Forth Estates.

9.       New season at Leeds Met Studio Theatre
Season continues with:

Wednesday 5 & Thursday 6 December, 7.30pm
Action Hero | A Western

For more details on any of these performances go to http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/arts
where you can also download our brochure. To book call 0113 812 5998.

Jaye Kearney
Marketing Officer
Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre
http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/arts

10. RADAR arts projects presents sound show in
    Loughborough
What:         Janek Schaefer – „The sporting guide to the speed of sound‟
Where:        David Wallace Sports Hall, Loughborough University
When:         Sunday 2 December, 7.30pm
Cost:         £5, students £2
Contact:      For further information go to http://www.lboro.ac.uk/service/arts/radar/ or
              telephone 01509 222960

One of the UK's most compelling sound artists, Janek Schaefer's bold, beautiful,
compositions have earned him a worldwide reputation. His cult status rests on his
trademark adapted tri-arm turntable, weaving live vinyl with found sounds into intimate,
hypnotic and exhilarating soundscapes. For this commissioned work, the audience will
take their place on a gym mat to hear Janek's latest soundscape, incorporating familiar
sounds of balls rolling and bouncing on suspended floors, that will reverberate around
the hall to form a unique concert experience.

11. The Lift Global Music Club
What:         Ska Wars and DJ Heather
Where:        The Globe, High Street West, Glossop
When:         1 December, 8.30pm-late
Cost:         £6 in advance, £8 on the door

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What:          Andy Irvin plus George Fell
Where:         The Globe, High Street West, Glossop
When:          8 December, 8.30pm-late
Cost:          £8 in advance, £10 on the door

Andy Irvine has been hailed as "a tradition in himself." Musician, singer and songwriter,
Andy has maintained both personal integrity and highly individual performing skills
throughout his 40-year career. From Sweeney's Men in the mid sixties to the enormous
success of Planxty in the 70s, to the Irish super group, Patrick Street, in the 80s, Andy
has been a world music pioneer and icon for traditional music and musicians.

Irvine occupies a unique place in the musical world, plying his trade as archetypal
troubadour, with a solo show and travelling lifestyle that reflects his lifelong influence,
Woody Guthrie. Few others can equal his repertoire, Irish traditional songs, dexterous
Balkan dance tunes, and a compelling canon of his own material that defies description.

"His forte, his genius is playing his mandolin, mandola and bouzouki. I have never
heard such clarity of sound, such perfect and precise rhythmic variations or such brilliant
melodic figures from this family of instruments." San Francisco Examiner

"Andy Irvine's solo stage show is a musical travelogue through time and space. His right
hand dexterity on bouzouki was nothing short of amazing." Frets Magazine

Playing a half hour support set will be up and coming Glossop guitarist, 16-year old
George Fell.

George first picked up a guitar aged 11, having been captivated by the music in the
Coen Brothers film "O Brother Where Art Thou". Under the guidance of Stefan
Grossman's tuitional books, he taught himself to fingerpick in the styles of the pre-war
bluesmen. A few years later, after discovering John Fahey and the guitarists on his
Takoma label, he began composing his own instrumentals. George now combines his
initial blues and ragtime influences with bluegrass, classical and jazz to create music in
the tradition of the American Primitive Guitarists.

What:          Christmas gig featuring Max Pashm and DJ Stan
Where:         Glossop Town Hall, High Street West, Glossop
When:          22 December, 8.30pm-late
Cost:          £10 in advance, £12 on the door

We are delighted to welcome Max Pashm: a musician, dj, producer and sound recordist,
based in Brighton, U.K.

Now with amazing live 4 piece band featuring Max's signature crossover sound mixing
beats and Greek traditional instruments to a truly fabulous effect. Band members

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include:

Max Pashm Keyboards Vocals Beats and Percussion
Merlin Shepherd Virtuoso Clarinet and sax player
Laura Anstee Greek Lyra
George Kypreos Bouzouki / Baglamas

Using his skills as a percussionist and singer, he mixes electronic beats with vocals and
world instruments, from a wide variety of different cultures and musical traditions,
forming his own unique blend of world music.

Rising to fame in the mid nineties as an early pioneer of ethnic/electro dance music, he
released his first album 'Weddings barmitzvahs and funerals' on sony music in 1997... a
reflection of his Jewish heritage, Greek and Arab influences and love of of global
rhythms.

The album was well acclaimed worldwide, along with Maxs blistering live international
performances and dj sets at clubs, venues and festivals.

The album enjoyed extensive radio play and both media and television coverage . Max's
music went on to be a big hit in Greece, France, Switzerland, Israel, Czech and Holland.
Max has remixed artists such as Robert Miles, Ekova, Simon and Garfunkel, X-Ray
Specs and Headmix Collective and has worked with the likes of Nitin Sawney, The
Levellers, The Bagdadies and Pavlos Papadakis and son.

Reconstructions, continues the Pashm theme of ethnic/electro fusions incorporating
organic world sounds with warm funky and hipnotic grooves. Max will be featuring
Cretan      lyra   players    and    other   guests     for   much       of    his  live
work and DJ sets can range from uplifting ethnic club dance, to chill out and completely
traditional world music , like Klezmer, Greek and Balkan music, as heard in much of
Maxs own songs and remixes.

The Lift Global Music Club
www.liftglobal.com/Calendar/calendar.html

12. Open Up Sheffield
What:          Open Up Sheffield AGM
When:         Wednesday 5 December 2007, 6.30-9pm
Contact:      For further fetails and to confirm attendance             please   contact
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Pete McKee will be talking about his journey from council estate lad to international
artist.

13. Conscious Void
What:          „Conscious Void‟
Where:         Upstairs Gallery, The City Gallery, Leicester
When:          4-8 December

MA Fine Art Nottingham Trent University graduates Cat Preston and Lucy Stevens are
collaborating for a five- day exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery of The City Gallery to
combine traditional textiles with binaural audio technology.

Using the Upstairs Gallery of The City Gallery as a host, the installation allows visitors to
interact with the physical environment and listen to audio that has been created
specifically for the site.

Conscious Void examines the connotation of the empty space of the gallery and
investigates how to fill it with existence.

Preston and Stevens examine and respond to the everyday existence of the upstairs
gallery space. The changing existence of the gallery environment is an important factor
to the work of Stevens and forms the site- specific binaural audio installation. Preston
responds to the beauty of the traditional feminine craft and its endurance of creation,
creating a textile hanging within the gallery space.

A limited edition CD containing binaural audio samples from the exhibition will be given
away to the first 30 people that attend the exhibition.



Training and Networking


1.       Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
Friday 14 December, 9.30am–4.30pm, Nottingham

Your marketing success will only be as good as the planning you put in. The point of
marketing planning is to make sure that you focus on the things that will have the most
impact and help you achieve your objectives. Sounds obvious, maybe, but its
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This one-day course will take you through the steps you need to take to achieve
marketing success. It will cover auditing and analysing your existing marketing, setting
your strategic objectives and organising your priorities into a marketing plan. During
the day there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion so that individual
issues can be addressed.

This course is designed for people in small and medium sized arts organisations who
have responsibility for marketing, often but not always as well as other responsibilities.
It is designed to give you the tools to create successful marketing plans regardless of
budgets and time.

Peter Bolton, who will be facilitating the day, has over 20 years experience of working
in the cultural sector. He has run concert halls and festivals and now runs his own
events, projects and consultancy business, Ovation. For two years he ran the Arts &
Business Audience Development Programme providing advice and information to
small and medium sized arts organisations.
Details

Cost: £80+VAT per attendee (10% discount for members of the Arts & Business East
Midlands Development Forum). This includes lunch, handouts and supporting material.
To book a place contact Nick Lawford on (0115) 9216950 or by emailing
nick.lawford@aandb.org.uk.

2.       5-day Digital Video Production Course, Manchester
What:         5-day Digital Video Production
Who:          WFA
Where:        Manchester
When:         Monday 10-Friday 14 December 2007, 9.30am to 5.00pm (applications by
              Friday 30th November)

This popular introductory, production based module, is designed to familiarise the
participants with the Digital Video tools & techniques required to produce a short film
from research / scripting to shooting & editing. Emphasis is on group work, mutual
support & a co-operative approach. The course delivers a hands on, practical approach
for new or recent users of DV camcorders and Mac Final Cut Pro editing software,
exploring its creative & technical range as well as the basics of setting up and managing
a programme. On successful completion participants are awarded a WFA Certificate of
Completion.

The course will comprise up to 15 participants (in 3 groups of 4-5) including a group of
up to 5 Deaf participants. A BSL Interpreter will be available for the 5 days.

The course is FREE if you live in Manchester and you are Deaf or from a BME


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background. If you live outside Manchester the subsidised cost of the course is £179
(include VAT)

If you are Deaf and would like to know more about the course there is a BSL video clip
on WFA's website http://www.wfamedia.co.uk and there will be a Question and Answer
Session & tour of the facilities at WFA on Wednesday 21st November from 11.30 am to
1.00pm. A BSL interpreter will be provided. If you wish to attend please let us know.

Women, BME people and disabled people are encouraged to apply as they are
under-represented in our industry.

If you would like to apply to come on the course please send WFA an email
(mailto:wfa@timewarp.co.uk) or download an application from the website -
http://www.wfamedia.co.uk or contact WFA at:

9 Lucy St,
Manchester M15 4BX
Tel: 0161 848 9782/5
Fax: 0161 848 9783

Applications should be returned to WFA by Friday 30 November interviews will be on
Tuesday 4 December.

The course is funded by CN4M / ESF, The National Lottery Fund, NW Vision+ Media
and WFA.

3.       Creative Launchpad Course Calendar for the
         autumn
What:         Skills in the East Midlands – towards a shared evidence base
Who:          East Midlands Intelligence Network
Where:        Government Office for the East Midlands, Nottingham
When:         Tuesday 4th December 2007, 9:30 – 14:00


4.       Skills in the East Midlands – towards a shared
         evidence base
What:         Skills in the East Midlands – towards a shared evidence base
Who:          East Midlands Intelligence Network
Where:        Government Office for the East Midlands, Nottingham
When:         Tuesday 4th December 2007, 9:30 – 14:00


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Intelligence East Midlands and the East Midlands Cultural Observatory would like to
invite you to the next meeting of the East Midlands Intelligence Network.

Delivered in collaboration with the Employment, Skills and Productivity Partnership (esp),
this event is the first of two and will:

•       Disseminate the latest information on skills in the East Midlands including
        findings from the Skills Survey, the principle source of information on individual
        skills needs.

•       Offer responses to the findings from esp partner organisations such as the
        Learning and Skills Council.
•       Increase understanding of the skills evidence available in the region and identify
        gaps.
•       Enable participants to discuss the implications of the evidence for the region and
        their organisation.

As well as keynote speakers there will be opportunities for questions, round-table
discussions and a networking lunch.

A follow up event in the new year will explore the evidence and implications for a variety
of sectors in more detail.

Do you have new or interesting evidence on skills in your sector or local area? Do you
have a project you would like to discuss with the network? If so we‟d like to hear from
you. We can accommodate short presentations in the programme of planned events or
include papers in delegate packs. We are particularly keen to involve local and sub-
regional organisations in sharing their evidence and perspectives.

For more information on the Intelligence Network contact Rachel Moreton, IEM
Coordinator   or   Abigail    Diamond,     Cultural  Observatory Director  on
info@regenerationem.co.uk or by phone on 0870 240 4459.

5.      Cultural Olympiad Presentation

What:          A presentation from Paul Brookes, Creative Programmer 2012 Olympics,
               East Midlands
Who:           Cultivate East Midlands
Where:         Dean Room, emda, Apex Court, City Link, Nottingham NG2 4LA
When:          Monday 10 December 2007, 3:30–4.45pm
Bookings:      info@cultivate-em.com




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The Olympic Games and Paralympic Games are not just about sport. They will also
celebrate cultures, people and languages in London, regions across the UK and around
the world.

Appointed as Creative Programmer for the East Midlands, Paul Brookes is our regional
representative. Paul will lead on bringing the Cultural Olympiad to life in the East
Midlands and act as the first point of contact, giving information and advice on how to
join in with the Cultural Olympiad.

This free presentation gives an ideal opportunity for individuals and organisations from
the cultural sector to find out more about possible involvement with the Cultural
Olympiad. Paul will be explaining the three tier structure that has been developed
(dividing the Cultural Olympiad into 3 main categories: Mandatory Ceremonies, Major
and bid projects and the UK Cultural Festival) and updating on the impact of the Legacy
Trust on funding the programme.

Join us at 3.30pm for afternoon tea and mince pies.

Places are limited so please email info@cultivate-em.com to reserve a place.

6.     Focal Point networking returns
Following the success of the inaugural series earlier this year, Focal Point – CIDS‟ free
networking event for new and pre-start creative business people - returns with three
more dates for your diaries.

Originally intended to complement the Creative Focus programme, Focal Point is a
relaxed and friendly forum for networking incorporating the Focal Point Gallery – a rapid
fire show and tell platform for creatives starting out in business.

Focal Point is the perfect place for you to meet and mingle with other creatives starting
out in business, share ideas, discuss issues you might be facing and to find out more
about what‟s new in Manchester‟s creative community.

If you would like to talk about a new area of your business, get feedback on your work or
just brush up your presentation skills, why not present your creative work in The Focal
Point Gallery? Contact Tanya Smith on tanya@cids.co.uk or 0800 1691143 for more
information.

The Focal Point series continues with events into next year:

Monday 14 January - 6:00pm - 9:00pm – Urbis
Monday 3 March - 6.00pm - 9.00pm – Urbis



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7.     Progress – development programme for small or
       emerging arts organisations
What:         Progress
Who:          Cultivate East Midlands
Where:        Dean Room, emda, Apex Court, City Link, Nottingham NG2 4LA
When:         Deadline for applications 21 December 2007
Cost:         Free
Bookings:     tina@cultivate-em.com, T: 0115 9352015

If you are a small or emerging not-for-profit arts company based in Derby, Derbyshire,
Nottingham, Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland that wants to PROGRESS then this is
the programme for you.

Cultivate, in partnership with Creative Launchpad, Creative Leicestershire and
Derbyshire Arts Development Group, is offering you the opportunity to be given in-depth
advice on how you can develop, alongside a bespoke programme of capacity building
activity which could include training, mentoring or consultancy or even a mix of them all.

PROGRESS is free to eligible applicants, so find out now if this is for you and how you
can PROGRESS.

The first phase of the programme will close for applications on 21st December 2007 so
dont delay it, contact us NOW.

www.cu.tivate-em.com

8.     Come and be an idiot in Nottingham
Come and be an idiot in Nottingham. Rough & Ready Theatre will be running a six week
fool school in Nottingham. The course will cover:

Play & Spontaneity
The idiot
The fool
The clown
Improvisation
Voice & Text
Storytelling
Physical Theatre

Course Starts: Monday 7 January 2008



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For full details email:mailto:we-are-idiots@rock.com
Release the idiot!



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